If you love to photograph DC you have a new place to go and share your images, and improve your skills. The city’s DCist Exposed, created by Heather Goss, has evolved into an independent year-round venture. The annual competition lives on, but on Tuesday, June 25 Exposed DC will launch its website in hopes of becoming a forum for local photographers as well as:
- Organize events throughout the year for photographers to get together.
- Host informal competitions leading up to the Exposed Photography Show in December.
- Compile the most comprehensive event calendar available for photo-related exhibits, lectures, workshops, contests and other opportunities in D.C.
Come out Tuesday, June 25, to Meridian Pint (3400 11th St NW) from 6 pm to 8 pm and take pictures as you get to meet your new community of Exposed DC.
From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
Aspiring local photographers can submit their photographic flashes of brilliance in the seventh annual DCist Exposed Photography Competition through January 9, 2013.
Heather Goss, former DCist Managing and Arts Editor, founded the competition in 2007. The idea sprung from the success of DCist’ Flickr photo community, and the number of compelling images of the city posted there. The contest’s popularity quickly took off, and DCist has hosted the event with help from Goss’ Ten Mile Square ever since.
The competition culminates with an exhibition of selected entries at Long View Gallery from March 27 through April 7. Last year, the exhibit drew more than 1,000 visitors, thanks in part to the opening night parties. The number of contestants has grown from just over 200 in 2007 to over 650 in 2012, and 40 people were selected to show their photos at Long View in 2012.
This year, DCist has launched a new site for the competition with all of the details about entering and a complete list of past winners. Those who want to enter should join DCist Exposed Flickr photo group, submit three of their best photos, fill out an online application, and pay the $10 entry fee. The contest organizers will be looking for images that capture “amazing, every day Washington, D.C. experiences.”
Buy a Painting, Help Japanese Earthquake Victims
If you have a chance to stop by go mama go! at 14th and S Streets NW, 10% of the sales from purchases of Mei Mei Chang’s works will go to help victims of the tsunami in Japan. Chang will also be donating one painting to help go mama go! raise some money before it ultimately shuts its doors. The well-known shop will be closing for good at the end of the month and will be holding a 40% off sale in preparation.
The Greenest Half Smoke in Town
Give it up for Ben’s Chili Bowl for getting notice for its green practices. TBD tell us that our favorite half smoke eatery has received an award for environmental stewardship from the Greenlight Biofuels, according to their blog. Don’t believe us? There’s a video so you can hear it from Ben’s yourself, detailing all of their awesome practices. The Earth and Captain Planet are silently thanking them.